Factbox - How retailers fared over Christmas

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With shoppers' disposable incomes squeezed by rising prices, muted wages growth and government austerity measures, UK retailers faced the toughest trading conditions since 2008 at Christmas.

Following is a summary of how they fared:


ASOS Clothing

Sales up 10 pct in 3 months to December 31, international up 93 pct

Alliance Boots Health & beauty

Boots UK like-for-like sales up 4.1 pct in 5 weeks to December 31.

Revenue up 22 pct in 3 months to December 31.

Debenhams Dept. Store

Like-for-like sales, ex VAT, flat in 18 weeks to Jan 7.

House of Fraser Dept. Store

Like-for-like sales, inc VAT, up 11.1 pct in 5 weeks to December 31.

JD Sports Sports fashion

Like-for-like sales up 0.1 pct, ex VAT, in 5 weeks to January 7.

JJB Sports Sportswear

Like-for-like sales up 5 pct in 4 wks to December 26.

John Lewis Dept. store

Like-for-like sales up 6.2 pct in 5 wks to December 31.

Matalan Clothing, homewares

Like-for-like sales up 9.9 pct in 5 weeks to December 31.

Marks & Spencer Clothing, homewares

Like-for-like sales, ex food VAT, up 0.5 pct in 13 weeks to December 31.

Mothercare Mother and baby products

UK like-for-like sales down 3.0 pct in 13 weeks to January 7.

Mulberry Luxury goods

16 weeks to January 14 retail sales up 30 pct.

N Brown Home Shopping

Sales up 2.3 pct in 19 weeks to January 7

New Look Clothing

Like-for-like sales, inc VAT, up 3.6 pct in 5 weeks to December 31.

Next Clothing

August 1 to December 24 total sales up 3.1 pct.

Shop Direct Home shopping

Total sales up 9 pct in 6 wks to December 31.

SuperGroup Fashion

Like-for-like sales up 5.8 pct in 9 weeks to January 1.

Ted Baker Clothing

Retail sales up 15.7 pct in 8 weeks to January 7.

Thorntons Confection

Store like-for-like sales fell 4.2 pct in 14 weeks to January 7.

(Compiled by James Davey and Mark Potter; Editing by David Holmes and Helen Massy-Beresford)

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